Missouri budget

MO Statehouse
6:03 am
Mon May 14, 2012

A few hot-button items left for last week of Mo. legislative session

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Most of the big issues this legislative session were tied to the state budget, which has been passed and sent to Governor Jay Nixon.  That has many political pundits wondering if the last week of the 2012 session will be anticlimactic.  But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, there are still a few hot-button items left to fight over.

Workers' comp

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Missouri Budget
2:38 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Mo. lawmakers send $24B budget to governor

A chart which compares the amounts allocated for specific state agencies in the Missouri State Budgets of FY 2012 and FY 2013. Some 2013 figures are higher because legislators used precise amounts for some budget items. Click to enlarge for a better look.
(Associated Press Data/compiled by Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri General Assembly has passed and sent next year’s state budget to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

The $24 billion spending plan passed both chambers with little difficulty, but not without some complaints.  State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) was not happy with language restoring a health care program for blind Missourians.  He says he’ll file a constitutional objection.

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Missouri Budget
1:41 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Mo. lawmakers reach deal on state budget

House and Senate budget conferees put the final touches on a compromise during their final meeting on 5-9-2012.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

With a Friday deadline looming, Missouri lawmakers finally reached a compromise on putting the final touches on the state budget.

The agreement addresses veterans’ homes, university funding and other sticking points:  First, budget negotiators agreed to spread an additional $3 million among several universities, including Southeast Missouri State, and dropped a proposal to give $2 million to that school alone.  Also, lawmakers will have to craft a Higher Education funding formula by the end of next year, which would be implemented in July 2014.

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Missouri state budget
6:39 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Missouri budget stalemate continues

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri House and Senate are still at an impasse over next year’s state budget.

The Senate has made no progress on persuading Jason Crowell (R, Cape Girardeau) to stop blocking every bill in the Senate, including one to fund veterans’ homes.  He says he has no objections to transferring gaming revenues from early childhood programs to nursing homes for military vets, but he won’t allow it or any other bill to advance unless the House strips more than $2 million in extra funding from Southeast Missouri State University.  President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) says other Senators have sided with Crowell on the issue.

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Morning roundup
8:21 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Morning Headlines - Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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Mo. House, Senate push for elimination of Sue Shear Institute

The Missouri House has approved legislation that would strip state funding from an institute that trains women for careers in politics.

The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life is located at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and bills itself non-partisan. Its detractors, however, argue the Institute caters to Democrats - a characterization that Springfield Democrat Sara Lampe strongly disputes.

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Mo. State budget
12:01 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Crowell shuts down Missouri Senate

Mo. Senator Jason Crowell (R, Cape Girardeau)
(Harrison Sweazea/Mo. Senate)

The Missouri Senate has been shut down by one Senator over which version of legislation for veterans’ homes will be adopted.

Jason Crowell (R, Cape Girardeau) and several allies tied up the Senate for nearly 12 hours Monday night and are provoking a showdown with Senate leaders.  In addition to using a filibuster to block the veterans’ homes bill, Crowell is using several motions to block all bills from being debated.

“We have some issues that need to be resolved in the Senate before we move forward, and they’re gonna be resolved one way or the other," Crowell said.  "I will continue to make this series of motions on anything else that we do.”

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Missouri Budget
12:38 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Mo. budget negotiators back 2 percent pay raise for state employees

House and Senate budget negotiators resumed talks today, but still have not resolved differences over how to fund veterans homes and health care for the blind.

They agreed on numerous budget items that have garnered little to no controversy.  The House won out on its proposed pay raise for state workers – those earning under $70,000 a year would get a 2 percent raise starting in July.  Kirk Schaefer (R, Columbia), the Senate’s chief negotiator, says he didn’t mind accepting the House’s position on pay raises.

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Missouri state budget
4:50 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Impasse over Mo. budget with one week left to pass it

House and Senate budget conferees meet briefly Thursday, 5-3-2012, at the Mo. Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

House and Senate budget negotiators remain at an impasse on what’s become the main barrier to reaching an agreement:  finding a way to fund veterans’ homes.

The House this week passed legislation that would fund veterans homes with gaming revenues currently designated for early childhood programs, and replace it with money from a tobacco settlement.  The Senate has so far refused to take up the measure.  House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) accuses Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) of playing games.

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Missouri Budget
10:22 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Mo. budget talks on hold over veterans' home money

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Negotiators working on a final version of Missouri's budget are taking a wait-and-see approach dependent on a new funding plan for veterans' nursing homes.

A conference committee of House and Senate members convened briefly Thursday, but only to say they are not going to meet further until the Senate takes action on the veterans' legislation.

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would provide a dedicated funding stream for Missouri's financially strapped veterans' homes.

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Missouri revenues
10:24 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. tax revenue performance improves

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For the first time this fiscal year, Missouri's state revenues are growing above the rate needed to balance the budget.

The state Office of Administration released figures on Wednesday that show Missouri's net revenues were up 3.1 percent through April - or the first 10 months of the fiscal year. The 2012 budget is based on 2.7 percent growth.

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